Film photographers love old gear. But what about NEW gear? As our equipment ages and continues to be used, things are simply going to deteriorate. When possible, I like to buy NEW photo equipment that’s relevant to what I do. It provides a better user experience for me than dealing with eBay returns and relentless […]Read more "Nikon Film Shooters, Buy New!"
The Nikon F6 was first introduced by the top Japanese cameramaker in 2004. It was the sixth camera in the Nikon F dynasty which began, 60 years ago in 1959 and totally redefined 35mm photography. Today, the F6 remains the most technically refined, advanced and modern film camera, not just 35mm camera, not just SLR […]Read more "There’s Still Time to Buy a Brand New Nikon F6 for Christmas!"
What do you think of the Nikon F3? It’s probably Nikon’s most popular and certainly longest running professional grade camera body. They built these things from 1980 all the way to 2001, even while Nikon were simultaneously selling F4’s and F5’s. Apparently they made so many, that they lost count after nearly 800,000! Pretty incredible. […]Read more "The F3, Nikon’s Greatest Achievement?"
If you happen across an old Nikkormat in a junk shop etc, you might wonder, what the hell is this?! It doesn’t SAY Nikon but it has a Nikkor lens and the name plate reads “Nikkormat,” or “Nikomat.” Is this some sort of cheap Nikon knock-off? But it’s weighty and machining is quite handsome. What […]Read more "Nikkormat, Brutish & Beautiful"
Actor Charles “Chuck” Craig passed away at age 87 on Sunday, February 24th. Craig’s screen time was brief but impactful. He played an integral part in George A. Romero’s horror classic, NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD. Because of the low budget nature of it, Craig actually plays three roles in the film. He plays a […]Read more "Remembering NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD’s Chuck Craig"
I began photographic life, a Pentax guy. I tried Olympus, Yashica, Agfa, Voigtlander and Leica. I stuck with Leica. I also occasionally still shoot those brands, and others. But the brand I use about equally to Leica for paid work is Nikon. What I like about Nikon bodies is that, unlike Canon, they committed to […]Read more "Dear Nikon, We’re Giving You Another Chance!"
Recently, I was privileged to photograph Arthur and Michael’s classy, intimate wedding at the Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, MD. The event would consist of a small ceremony followed by an upscale dinner with only a handful of close friends and family in attendance. It’s an honor when anyone hires you for a wedding, but particularly […]Read more "The Wedding of Arthur & Michael"
Matt & Kim are an awesome indie-pop duo out of Brooklyn. Steph & Johnny are an awesome photography duo out of Frederick. Are you feelin’ the synergy?! Nobody was sure if Saturday’s sold out Matt & Kim show at Flying Dog Brewery was going to be possible with the threat of Hurricane Florence looming. Amazingly, not only were […]Read more "Matt & Kim & Steph & Johnny – or – Damn, Flying Dog Brewery Sure Knows How to Provide Hurricane Relief!"
A lens that has been a long-time staple in my Nikon kit, since about 2005 actually, is my Nikkor 85mm 1.8 K AI’d. I chose the 85/1.8 for the reasons many people reach for an 85/1.8; available light portrait work and a little smaller, lighter, less expensive, easier to control lens than an […]Read more "Go-To Portrait Lens: Nikkor 85mm 1.8 K AI’d"
Going on a trip? If you’re shooting on film, don’t forget that you need to get it safely through an x-ray scan at each airport that you move through!Read more "Flying with Film in the 21st Century"